Balla 4-2 Davitts 0-13
Davitts travelled to Balla on Saturday evening for a clash with the locals in the Mayo Junior B Championship and, after dominating for most of the game, managed to lose it, with the Balla lads scoring a goal directly from a 20 metre kick in the second minute of injury time, the last kick of the game. This was the first time in the game that Balla led, they timed their run to perfection, and fair play to them, they fought to the end, but Davitts will wonder just how they didn’t claim the spoils.
Davitts shot the first four scores of the game, points kicked by Jack Devane, Shane Treacy, Shane Mitchell and Ryan McLoughlin between the 5th and the ninth minute. A 10th minute goal from the homeside seemed like a minor hiccup as Davitts added another four points through Jack Melvin, Shane Treacy, Jack Devane and Cathal Corless before halftime, to lead by 0-8 to 1-0 at the break.
This lead was extended as points from Jack Devane, Jack Melvin and Cathal Corless put Davitts up by 0-11 to 1-0 as the game entered the final quarter. Balla goaled again in the 45th minute. Cathal Corless shot a Davitts point almost immediately but Balla kicked their first point in the 47th minute. Cathal Corless had another point in the 50th minute. A harsh black card for Davitts Jamie Mullee followed but Davitts conceded a very soft goal in the 53rd minute, not dealing with a 45 that dropped short. Balla, now sensing that they had a chance, pointed again in the 57th minute leaving just two points between the sides. Davitts seemed to be seeing the game out but the homeside were awarded a 20 metre free kick in injury time and after the well struck kick hit the back of the net, past about twelve Davitts players, the referee blew the final whistle to the delight of the home crowd and the most unlikely of victories.
In all fairness to Davitts, they played some great football in this game but the concession of the goals would be a concern. Brian Og McTigue, Shane Treacy, Donie Ronayne, James Cummins, Shane Mitchell, Jamie Mullee, Ryan McLoughlin, Jack Devane and Cathal Corless were impressive.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Brian Og McTigue, Lawrence Daly, Tom Corless, Shane Treacy (0-2), Donie Ronayne, James Cummins, Shane Mitchell (0-1), Johnno Clarke, Jack Melvin (0-2), Liam Kearns, Jamie Mullee, Ryan McLoughlin (0-1), John Kilkenny, Jack Devane (0-3). Subs used: Cathal Corless (0-4), Darragh McGale.